• Brad Swanson

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    by 03-01-2014, 08:43 AM

    Ligaments are stupid. The 12 people who follow me on Twitter already know that I feel this way. It's childish perhaps and it certainly ignores their important function in the human body, but I don't care; ligaments suck. A report came out this morning that super prospect and ultimate swagger-haver Miguel Sano needs Tommy John surgery, a surgery performed to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in an elbow. In this case, it's the right elbow of one of the more exciting prospects in recent Twins history.

    As I said, ligaments are stupid.
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    by 02-07-2014, 04:43 PM

    I'm not really one to brag, but this mailbag is starting to take on a life of its own. I have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR questions from people who are not me. Sure, three of those questions are from the same person, but who are you to pick nits? In fact, what would you do? Wha-wha-wha-what would you do? I know what I'm going to do. Answer these questions:

    I really enjoy reading your blog - keep up the good work! Anyway, I saw something that the Twins intend to ship
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    by 01-08-2014, 01:13 PM

    If you've been reading my blog for the past few weeks, you are well aware that I have recently become obsessed with Eduardo Escobar. Not in a weird way. I just want to see more of him. Not in a weird way. I think he deserves more playing time.

    Last year, Escobar received just 179 plate appearances, but also had one of the most memorable plate appearances of the season, when he laced a walk-off double to give the Twins their first win of the 2013 season. That 1/179 exciting moments ratio led the team, I'm quite certain.
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    by 01-03-2014, 07:09 AM
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    My one resolution for 2014 is to answer more fake questions. If someone (me) is going to go to the trouble of asking a question, the least I can do is answer it. In addition, I'm going to answer the really tough questions that others are too scared to tackle.

    In fact, 2014 is the year of answering the tough questions. I won't be afraid of what the answers reveal. I intend to get to know myself better through this exercise. It's going to be quite cathartic and important, really.
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    by 12-10-2013, 08:34 AM

    Remember that song "December" by Collective Soul? This mailbag is dedicated to that song. As is typical, these are actual questions that will be actually answered by me. This month, I even have some questions written by others! Fame! FAME!



    The Twins have been surprisingly active this Fall, adding two starting pitchers and cutting one Australian. What do you think the Twins' next move will be? Also, what do you hope the Twins' next move will be? Thanks,
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    by 12-01-2013, 01:17 PM
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    Where were you when the Twins became a completely different franchise? In the last 72 hours or so, the Twins have doled out $73 million in long-term contracts, surpassing their previous off-season record by nearly $300 billion dollars (if you believe some fans). On Wednesday, the Twins signed Ricky Nolasco to a four-year deal, and tonight, they added former Yankee Phil Hughes to an increasingly (and suddenly) talented starting rotation. Hughes will earn $8 million for the next three seasons, earning a longer contract than many experts had predicted.

    The Twins have to bank on a change of scenery transforming Hughes into a completely different pitcher.
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    by 11-20-2013, 10:52 AM

    Yesterday, I started to delve into starting pitchers who I want the Twins to target in potential trades. I outlined five starters, three from the Cincinnati Reds. If you missed it, click here. Today, I have five more pitchers for you, free of charge! There is oneo legitimate ace on this list who is almost certainly a pipe dream. That being said, it's fun to aim high.

    Rick Porcello - Age 25 in 2014, arbitration eligible until 2016

    If the Twins trade for Porcello, we could
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    by 11-14-2013, 07:15 AM
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    I've been writing so much about free agency lately, it's sick! Last week, I addressed the position players the Twins should target. This week, I've been counting down my top 30 starting pitching targets for the Twins. If you missed any of this mini-dynasty, I'll provide you some links below. Since I wrote these, things have changed, but most of my ideas aren't super player-specific, more of an overall philosophy.

    Translation: please click the links below so I can feel cool.

    Now that all the shameless self-promotion is clear, we can get back to the starting pitcher countdown. Here are the top ten starting pitching targets for the Twins, in my opinion (which should be obvious because I am writing this):
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    by 11-01-2013, 05:26 PM
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    Welcome to another Minnesota Twins mailbag. There has been so much juicy Twins news in the past month, I just couldn't resist asking questions to qualified Twins analysts. Unfortunately, with the iOS7 upgrade, none of my emails, texts, tweets or vines actually send, so I'll just have to answer my own questions this time. This should be a nice change of pace.

    Would you move Joe Mauer to first base to alleviate any potential concussion issues going forward?

    Brad S., St. Paul, MN
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    by 10-28-2013, 11:29 AM

    State of the Team

    1994 Record: 53-60, 4th in the BRAND NEW AL Central

    1994 Overview: STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-RIKE!
    1995 Outlook: Will there be a season? If so, where will Shane Mack be?

    Players Lost - Free Agency

    The seeds for the 1994 off-season were planted in 1993 when the (at the time) current collective bargaining agreement expired without a new agreement. A strike was a legit possibility and looked more and more likely as the 1994 season
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    by 10-18-2013, 06:25 AM

    The 2013 regular season has ended. The AL Central has produced a team that has made it to at least the ALCS. In addition, the Indians made the Wild Card game and the Royals had a pretty decent season. The Twins and White Sox battled heroically for last place, with the White Sox emerging victorious.

    Prior to the season, I did some predictin'. I looked at each of the AL Central teams' offseason moves and came to some wild & crazy kids conclusions. When I started this blog a
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    by 10-14-2013, 08:04 AM

    State of the Team
    1992 Record: 90-72, second in the AL West
    1992 Overview: An extremely solid season that took place before 10 teams made the playoffs.
    1993 Outlook: Great...so long as they re-sign their best player.

    Players Lost - Free Agency
    The Twins lost three important players during the '92 off-season: their long-time starting shortstop, a key offensive contributor to the '91 champs and the team's best starter in '92.

    Losing Greg Gagne
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    by 10-11-2013, 12:58 PM

    So, I guess I have to be the one to do this, huh? No one else wants to write this? No one will take the obvious grief that will accompany the following 800 or so words. I guess in some way it makes sense. I do hold the distinction of having the least reliable and most obnoxious Twins blog in the stratosphere (using a word like stratosphere is obnoxious). I am more known for putting Twins player heads on bird bodies and writing about chance encounters with talking pumas so I can't imagine anyone
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    by 10-07-2013, 07:13 AM

    YOYOYO everybody! The off-season is upon us and the Twins have a lot of work to do. Coming off of another raging failure, the Front Office will need to pull off some sweet moves in order to make this team a contender. I have no clue what they will do and I have no desire to guess (at least not until later). Instead, I thought it would be fun to head back down Memory Lane and analyze each off-season since the Twins' last World Series. I'm not going to get too bogged down in the minor moves, but I'll
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